I need some altoids tins for electronic projects. I live in Australia and altoids are not sold here. I will pay shipping if under $15USD.
Posted by Harry Park 5 years ago
The Woodworking Magazine blog had a contest for tools made out of Altoids tins and the results are pretty amazing. Besides the coolness factor of using an Altoids tin, many of the entries are great for being a good tool on its own. Check out link for the router plane, bevel gauge, drilling jig and more.The Winner of Our Altoids Tool Contest viaMake
Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago
A new class of BattleBot Ã¢â¬â Altoids BattleBot After watching BattleBots on youTube I thought there had to be an easy way of enjoying the same mindless destruction but on a scale that I can accommodate in my apartment. It would also have to be simple enough to build and wire up. The Altoids BattleBot Class. Take any Altoids tin and add to it a hard wire link from a controller to the BattleBot. The controller can be another Altoids tin with a couple of switches and the battery pack. Then add weapons to the unit that can comply to a maximum 300 gram weight limit (without hard wire and controller) with a size limit of no more than 30mm from the edge of the tin and an over all maximum height of 50mm. To prevent a fire hazard (I was thinking of adding a zippo lighter), no batteries that either power the unit itself or weapons are to be placed in the BattleBot. Ive got an idea of using a small solenoid to make a flipper of some sort that could turn an opponents Altoids BattleBot turtle. Any other ideas for weapons?
Posted by gnomedriver 10 years ago
There are loads of really good instructables about things that can be done with altoids tins: survival kits, candles, stoves/ovens etc and someone should really put all the good ones into a guide so everyone can see all the fantastic ideas people have come up with! Also does anyone know if you can get altiods in the UK or if there are any similar products??
Posted by CraftBear 7 years ago
There hasn't been much activity in the altoids abusers group lately so i thought id create a new type of altoids wallet, question is , is it worth it? is anyone interested? if you are and have any ideas or things you want to see included just post a comment below! look forward to your suggestions :D
Posted by =SMART= 10 years ago
Evening everybody, I am working on a altoid survival kit to send to a friend who just started university. I was thinking things like condoms, mints, pencil & pen. But Im kind of stuck now. What else should I throw into it do you think?
Posted by Stuartisnotsocool 9 years ago
Well, if you have seen the altoids solar battery charger, and the altoids 9v usb charger, then you must have thought, "why not put em together???". Now, Im not electronics buff, but I'd be willing to bet that since the 9v charger instructable is so small, that it could be incorperated with the solar panel kit. Now, my question is, would i have to do anything ridiculous to convert the solar charger (which is ment to charge 2 AA batterys) into a 9v usb charger w/solar panel while still being inside an altoids tin. PS: I still don't know why I have this wierd fascination with altoids tin DIYs, but I do...
Posted by altoidsrox 10 years ago
I have an idea for a key security device! altoids tin you would use some batteries, and croduce a current through the key via copper wire. if someone (who knows the location of the keys) decides to take it they'll get a shocking suprise! to safely take the keys, just remove bateryes. oh and you mite have to coat the inside of the tin with something
Posted by Sadam and Osama 11 years ago
Im making a spy kit out of an altoids tin, and I have some things so far, but i have a lot of extra space so I figured I would ask you guys what else I should put in it. Currently, I have 1 mini flashlight, 3 duct tape tabs(ducttape folded over on its self), 3 rubber bands, 3 exacto knife blades, 1 dollar coin, 1 bandage, 1 alcohol cleaning pad.
Posted by BuildSleepThink 5 years ago
Hey I have this Altoids case, it's one of the smalls. I was thinking of what to do with it, then I looked at my zippo. I hate the case my zippo is in right now, it's old and worn and for some reason makes your hands stink if you hold it at all. So my zippo fits almost perfectly in the smalls case. But I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas of how to make it where you can light it when its in the case. I was just thinking about cutting some holes in the top with my dremel. But I would maybe like to try to keep the original flip top aspect of the case. So some how make it flip open like a zippo maybe. Anyone think this sounds interesting. And know where I might be able to get the mechanism. Or is there a way to take it off my old case. Thanks in advance, maybe I could make an instructable on how I do it.
Posted by peaceamidst 8 years ago
My next Instructables is going to be how to fit all your necessities for good hygiene into an altoids tin.Yeah, I know, there are like a million altoids tin can projects, but this is different... kinda. Anyways I have a list of things that will be in the tin and I just want to know if anyone thinks I am missing something, or anything else someone wants to say .Thanks! Here is the list of things going in the tin: toothbrush toothpaste comb soap wash cloth deodorant lotion floss q-tips any more ideas or things i should put, please comment, thanks!
Posted by connorcancount! 10 years ago
I am currently planning out an altoids tin accordion- style wallet and I want it to be lit up with led lights on the inside. I figure one light will do so it with stay simple. I was hoping to wire it in a way that it takes up little room and the light would turn on when the tin opens rather than hitting a switch or button, however, I can't for the life of me think of a way to do this. If anyone could give me ideas or blueprints for a small led circuit that is completed by opening the altoids tin housing it sits in, it would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Posted by adam72 6 years ago
I've read multiple Altoid phone charger Instructables and even made a few variations myself. I was thinking of making one with a plantronics battery as the power source and then a solar panel to charge it. I know nothing about plantronics batteries though. Would a simple 6v solar panel be able to charge one? If so, what size battery would be recommended or even what would be the best way to wire it. Its a simple-stupid question. I'd appreciate any help at all. Thank you!
Posted by philthyphillup 4 years ago
Hey guys, i was wanting to make an altoids amp however i noticed the instructable up at the moment isnt the most descriptive or has the best photos. so i am asking for someone to make an instructable so that even me, can make one. i am ok with simple electronics and will persevere until i get the desired result . the poster should have a decent camera (for macro images) and describe the components and what they do. i will offer a cash reward for the poster (a whole $10!). thanks alot Cew27
Posted by Cew27 9 years ago
I recently got some Penguin mints from the US (I live in South Africa) and I had an idea, I want to make the ultimate mint tin mod/kit. Basically I'd like to get some ideas for various things to include or ways to modify the tin so it'll be useful in the most number of situations.
Posted by Soulsmith 9 years ago
I was wondering if anyone knew of any HD webcams that could be used as a standalone camera without the computer, or ones that could be modified for such a purpose. I was going to use a standard Sony digital camera, but the key issue there is that glass elements are absorbent in the short IR range, and so kill most of the effect. One element is not that bad, but when you have the 8-10 of varying thickness in the camera's zoom lens assembly, you lose a lot of IR light. I need the IR effect for demonstration - for example, under IR light, veins and vessels in your hand become a lot more visible, as well as the ability to perceive "heat" becomes a lot more capable. If anyone could either help point out a HD webcam that would work or help me make a standard "cure-all" lens it would be extremely helpful. By cure-all I mean the lenses you find on cameras such as disposable 35mms, ones that either don't have any glass in them or only possess one element and have a focus range of roughly a foot and a half to infinity.
Posted by doctor beatz 6 years ago
The Xbee Pro 50mW modules that have been featured in my previous instructables are now up for sale! See the projects they were used: Wireless Altoids Display https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-Altoids-Display/ Wireless Altoids Cycle Computer https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-Altoids-Cycle-Computer/ UK buyers only please (although I realise this is mainly a U.S based site) See the eBay listing here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item;=120765596073&ssPageName;=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_500wt_1125 Thanks!
Posted by DELETED_Alexdlp 7 years ago
So I just put a bright LED with a switch and reflectors for the LED on an Altoids tin. I was just wondering, how would I make this into a headlamp, or a bikelamp. Any idea of what I would need to fit it over my head or bike? THanks a lot. So, I really do not know how to do this. I am going to go to the hardware store this weekend and try to find any adaptor that would work for my project. I need your help everyone! Thanks : ) -Brennn10
Posted by Brennn10 11 years ago
Hi, ive made an Altoids tin can charger awhile back and it chargers all my devices but my iphone 5s? Its charges my iphone 5, 4, 4s, and every ipod. What circuitry do i need to allow my charger to charge my iphone 5s? Right now i have a 5v regulator and 2x 200ohm resistors off the positive lead into the positive, data -, and data + connections. Should i add capacitors on the inputs and outputs of the 5v regulator? The only reason i build my own chargers is because i take long trains rides and flights and i use my rc car 5000mah battery that can last me a week, i put all the circuitry in an Altoids can to hold it together.
Posted by MRCmegarallycar 4 years ago
OK i have been thinking about doing this for a while now and i finally did. Its an ipod chaarger and an FM transmitter fitted in a n altoids tin. The top view is the button for the fm transmitter and its green indicator LED beside it THe red button is the button for the ipod charger and its red LED beside it. THe inside pic might look like a tangled mess but i made my wire to long and i had to like jam them in to make them fit The 9V is for the ipod chager and the AAA is for the fm transmitter. Please leave some feedback i want to know how i did. Thanks
Posted by fretmelter 11 years ago
I have seen many variations on this site of power/battery packs in mint tins to charge various personal electronic projects, or solar/wind powered set ups to achieve the same purpose. However, I haven't seen anything on making a solar or wind (preferably solar right now) rechargeable pack. My project I want to build is a mint tin containing rechargeable 9v or AA batteries with USB power connection. The tin would be able to power the personal electronic device from the batteries or the solar; and when not being used to power the device, the solar panels would recharge the batteries within so that it can be used even when the external power source isn't capable of producing power. I would greatly appreciate it if anybody could tell me how to achieve this, or of course preferably make an instructable that I could then follow. FYI, I am brand spanking new to all of this. This site is singularly responsible for my foray into electronics. I have experience in many other hands on craft type fields. I have been studying the projects on this site, all information that I think could help me in my new found hobby and even been salvaging and in limited amounts buying things like breadboards, and misc. electronic component kits so that when I figure out how to build the projects I have in mind (the above mentioned project first) I will have the necessary parts to do so. Although I am still trying to figure out what all the parts I have are. lol Please feel free to message me privately with any information you deem helpful or whatever. You can also message me through my private e-mail. And if any of you are in the Colorado Springs or Denver area I would love to get together and learn whatever you are willing to teach. Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to read this, and hopefully assist me. James Willard Colorado Springs, CO
Posted by jwgottabass 5 years ago
Knexbulderfreak if you could please help find more members that would be great!
Posted by Pumpkin$ 10 years ago
I write up a lot of guides on Instructables for various solar gadgets. Most of the Solar USB/ iPhone/ Arduino chargers. If anyone is interested in such things I sell them off my website, which I then use to make more projects or fund activities in my science classroom. I have several versions of my kits available as well as all the parts to make those kits, and even premade chargers for those who don't feel the urge to make one on their own. Solar USB Charger and Kit A basic USB charger that uses rechargeable 2 AA batteries, a DC to DC boosting circuit, and a 4V solar cell. Take the batteries out to charge, or leave it in the sun for a few days. Then charge up your gadget when need be. Works with most USB devices including Apple products (iPods, iPhones, iPads) as well as Arduinos. Fits nicely into an Altoids tin. Solar iPhone Charger and Kit More or less the same as the USB charger, but instead of having a generic USB port it has a dedicated iPhone/ iPod/ iPad cable. Which means it only works with Apple stuff. Features 2 rechargeable AA batteries, boosting circuit, Apple Connecting Cable, and 4V solar cell. Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger and Kit While the 4V solar cell in the other kits/ chargers fits nicely inside an Altoids in it is also quite wimpy. I took the basic design of the Solar USB Charger and replaced the 4V solar cell with either a powerful 6V 230mA or a 5.5v 320mA solar cell. In order to make things easier the solar cells plug into a 2.5mm jack on the side of the tin. Meaning you can leave the solar cell at home. The solar cells are also powerful enough to charge up a lot of gadgets directly from the sun if you have good weather. Works with most USB gadgets, Arduinos, and Apple products. Lithium Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger and Kit Due to the fact that big gadgets (like iPads) have insanely big internal batteries I had to modify my design a bit. The AAs in the other chargers were not powerful enough (unless you used 4 or 6 of them) to reliably charge up bigger items. I modified the design of the Heavy Duty Kit to replace the AAs with a Lithium battery and Charge Controller. With several battery options available, including a massive 6,600mAh one, these chargers have no problem handling the larger power needs. On a recent plane flight a charger with a 2,000mAh Lithium battery charged up my iPhone over 80% (on airplane mode while listening to music). Imagine what a 4400mAh or 6600mAh battery could do. The charger/ kit can fit inside an Altoids in with the smaller batteries. It features a powerful 5.5V 320mA solar cell and a 2.5mm jack and plug system so you can easily remove the panel. A nice addition is the Lithium Charge Controller which has status LEDs showing when the battery is charging and when it's full. It works with most USB gadgets, including Arduinos and Apple gear. I've used these kits with kids at my middle school, and have sold many kits to summer camps and scout groups. They take between 20 and 45 minutes to make, and only require basic soldering skills to put together. They all fit inside Altoids tin for cuteness factor, but can easily be put into something else. Modifications are endless. So there you have it. More Altoids solar thingys than you can shake a stick at.
Posted by BrownDogGadgets 6 years ago
Alright, so here's my idea. i have a small dc motor, i don't know specifics on it, however, my plan is to fit it, as well as a 9v battery with a on/off switch. i also have a ton of other pretty cool ideas for it. i also plan to have 2 axles with one(or both) attatched to the motor. this is where i run into snags. i thought of rubber bands for a belt driven system, but the only rubber bands i can find are too big. i tried modifying the length of the rubber band by using gorilla glue but that just made the rubber band brittle. anyone have any ideas? thanks it'd help out alot
Posted by UrbanEngineer93 8 years ago
I know that copper is a better conductor than tin or aluminum. But one of my friends a few days ago told me that instead of etching his layout on copper, he used the bottom of an altoids tin. he said all he did was sand the bottom until there was no paint of the altoids can and then he etched his layout. (Chemical bath, toner, etc.) So my question is, Does anyone know how to etch custom layouts (toner layouts) on tin or aluminum? **I figure this could save people some money and time on some projects. :)
Posted by batboy61490 9 years ago
I have several collections of little items I like, and lately when I try to add more Instructables to it, it says "error adding to collection". Also I think some of the Instructables have disappeared from my Altoids tins collection. Has anyone else had this problem? Can it be fixed?
Posted by tinyweasel 5 years ago
Has anyone ever done it? I'm building a micro linux computer that should be able to fit in an altoids box. It's going to be running an Atmel ARM chip at 400mhz. If anyone has done anything similar, suggestions are appreciated!
Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago